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Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary (1997)

PG | | Documentary | 10 July 1998 (USA)
Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Sid Allen ...
Himself (Longview Partnership)
Brent Baskin ...
Contest Judge
Greg Cox ...
Himself (contestant)
J.C. Crum ...
Himself (Jack Long Nissan)
Janis Curtis ...
Herself (contestant)
J.D. Drew ...
Himself (contestant)
Tom Felker ...
Himself (contestant)
David Grotheim ...
Contest Judge
Blake Long ...
Himself (Jack Long Nissan)
Kelli Mangrum ...
Herself (contestant)
Mike Marris ...
Himself (judge)
Raul Martinez ...
Himself (contestant)
Jan Maynard ...
Herself (marketing director / contest supervisor)
Ronald McCowan ...
Himself (contestant)
Kerri Parker ...
Herself (contestant)


Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the truck wins. An absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, the contest proves to be much more... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some brief language


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$90,965 (USA) (28 August 1998)


$492,876 (USA) (11 June 1999)

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Did You Know?


In 2005, the competition was halted after one of the contestants broke into a nearby Kmart, took a shotgun from the sporting goods section, and committed suicide, which occurred during one of the breaks in the contest. See more »


Benny Perkins - 1992 Winner: I like to get down there earlier so my odds are higher.
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Referenced in The Middle: Heck on a Hard Body (2014) See more »

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trite gushings regarding great film
29 January 2001 | by (austin, (freakin') texas) – See all my reviews

My reluctance to see this film in the theater was based solely on my friends' inability to describe what the film was about to my satisfaction.

"It's about this contest. These people put their hands on this truck, and the last one to remove their hands wins the truck. It's so good. I promise." Yeah, whatever.

My friends finally convinced me to go, and I was amazed. And very soon after that, I was the friend in the role of inarticulate defender, dragging anyone who would listen along with me for my second and third viewings.

My eloquence has not increased over the last two years, so I will simply say you will not be disappointed in watching Hands on a Hardbody. You may even be reminded how closely related we all are as human beings. You may also remember how dramatic and intriguing even the most seemingly uninteresting premises can be. And I defy you not to laugh out loud and/or get misty-eyed at some of the participants, not because they are presented as comic foils or ignorant east Texans, but because they are as human in their words and actions as you are likely to see in a film, documentary or otherwise.

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